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Thomas Postlewait

Affiliate Professor, Theater History
Thomas Postlewait

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Ph. D. University of Minnestota
BA Portland State University

Affiliate Professor Thomas Postlewait received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.  He has previously taught at Cornell University, MIT, University of Georgia, Indiana University, and Ohio State University.  He has published Prophet of the New Drama: William Archer and the Ibsen Campaign (Greenwood Press, 1986) and the edited volume of William Archer on Ibsen: The Major Essays, 1889-1919 (Greenwood Press, 1984). He recently published The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Historiography (Cambridge UP, 2009). Forthcoming is The Correspondence of Bernard Shaw and William Archer (University of Toronto Press).  Prof. Postlewait co-edited Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Essays on the Historiography of Performance (U. of Iowa Press, 1989) and Theatricality (Cambridge UP, 2003).  He has contributed essays to both the Cambridge History of American Theatre and Cambridge History of British Theatre, and has published over a dozen essays on theatre historiography  He contributed over 50 entries for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (2003). His latest book is Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography (2010), co-edited with Charlotte Canning.; He is past-President of the American Society for Theatre Research (1994-97) and Vice-President for Research in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (1998-2000). Since 1992 he has been the editor of the award-winning books series, “Studies in Theatre History and Culture,” University of Iowa Press, which has published forty books by scholars from over a dozen countries. In 2007 he was given the ATHE Editing Award in honor of the Iowa book series. In 2006 he received the 'Distinguished Professor Award' from Ohio State University, and in 2009 ASTR honored him with its annual "Distinguished Scholar Award."

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Professional Affiliations: 
American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR); Theatre Library Association; Society for Theatre Research (London); International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR); American Theatre and Drama Society; The Association for Theatre in Higher Education